Claremont lane makes political statement for Baha’i


Artist Phil Doncon and, behind, Shaba Ebtasch-Salekian start the mural with volunteers. Picture: Andrew Ritchie d482358
Artist Phil Doncon and, behind, Shaba Ebtasch-Salekian start the mural with volunteers. Picture: Andrew Ritchie d482358

A CLAREMONT lane’s wall has become a political statement after Baha’i faith members painted a mural highlighting how they being are being kept from university in Iran.

“We believe education is a human rights issue for everyone,” Baha’i member and Claremont business owner Sahba-Ebtash-Salekian said.

The council-approved mural is part of the international ‘Education is not a Crime’ campaign organised by the faith’s members.

Ms Ebtash-Salekian said she initially attended the underground university which was created to fight the ban on Baha’i in tertiary education in 1983.

The completed mural.

The mural will be the first to list the names of academics and student imprisoned for starting the underground classes often held in homes.

Ms Ebtash-Salekian arrived in Perth later in the 1980s and went to Edith Cowan and Curtin universities before graduating in family law.

Geraldton-based artist Phil Doncon led the 20-strong team of volunteers to complete the mural the St Quentin Avenue lane.

“It will be nothing dark, just something light that highlights the issue,” Mr Doncon said.

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